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Sleep Apnea Treatment

The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that happens when you are sleeping. Most people relate this issue with snoring, which is usually the case. However, sleep apnea is more than just an annoyance because of the noise sufferers make while sleeping. It can also be a dangerous risk to your health. The good news is that general dental treatments can help control sleep apnea and reduce the health risks.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues form an obstruction in the back of the throat while sleeping. This is what causes the snoring and gasping for air. This condition leaves sufferers, and their sleeping partners, feeling unrested. Plus it can put them at higher risk for many other health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. At Atencio Family Dentistry, we offer treatments for sleep apnea that can help stop the snoring and health risks.

Snoring Prevention / Oral Appliances and Night Guards

One option for treating sleep apnea is to use an oral night guard to adjust the jaw while sleeping, keeping airway passages open and free of obstructions. These are similar to mouth guards used for sports, but customized to fit the patient. If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Atencio can create a night guard that will restore your normal breathing while you sleep, stopping the snoring and protecting your health. You may experience the best sleep you have had in years, as will your partner once the snoring is gone.

Don’t live with the dangers sleep apnea poses to your health. Contact Atencio Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Atencio to discuss treating your sleep apnea. You deserve to get a restful night’s sleep while protecting your health.